Who says you can’t stay fit on vacation? Today more than ever, travelers are seeking a way to stay healthy while on the road without sacrificing a great getaway somewhere fabulous and scenic with awesome amenities, indulgent food and beverages, fun destination activities and more. From Washington State all the way to the west coast of Mexico, a few upscale resort properties are catering to fit-focused travelers with unique exercise opportunities that help showcase the best each destination has to offer.
Adventurous fitness junkies can explore Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel, located just 80 miles outside Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, and surrounded by 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape all year long. With 40 miles of groomed trails and maps available on property, in the fall months hiking and biking are energizing ways to enjoy that fresh alpine air. Bring your own equipment or rent them from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Inn. 8-mile guided Bike + Brew tours are also available which take guests through Suncadia’s lush green forest and Nelson Farm, stopping at the historic Roslyn Cemetary and concluding with a pit stop at WA’s oldest continuously operating saloon, The Brick Tavern, for a local craft beer. Cap off the weekend escape at The 1,000 Steps project, climb the 21 flights of stairs from the Lodge to the Cle Elum River for one last workout before heading home.
A chic beach resort located on one of the best surf breaks in Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, W Punta de Mita is situated on an ideal stretch of beach perfect for surfers of all levels. The resort pays homage to the area’s local surf culture with decor touches like beds with headboards made of surfboards and amenities. Guests who want to practice their paddle can visit the resort’s beachside WAVE Surf Shop, which offers private and group surf lessons complete with souvenir GoPro photos. The lessons are taught by locals (most of which have been surfing the area since childhood) not to mention the convenience of getting up out of bed and right into the water as WAVE's just steps away from guest rooms. After a day on the water, guests can pamper themselves with locally inspired spa treatments at the resort’s AWAY spa, or feast on fresh made-to-order ceviche from a vintage 1950’s Chevy truck turned beachside bar.
Tucked between a tropical forest lined with virgin mangroves and one of the best beaches in Costa Rica's coveted Gulf of Papagayo, El Mangroove offers a tranquil escape for guests looking to explore the area’s incredible natural surroundings, especially at night. The 85-suite boutique hotel features a bohemian-inspired design with indigenous decor influences, a gorgeous spa with outdoor bungalows, a sweeping infinity pool with private cabanas, and guest room suites with touches like in-room hammocks and see-through showers lined with caña brava wood made from local sugarcane. Travelers who love to SUP and are looking for some nighttime fun can opt for a guided glow-in-the-dark paddle boarding tour that takes place on the bay right in front of the hotel. The tour begins at sunset and continues into the moonlight, with LED lights on the paddle boards reflecting the saltwater with kaleidoscopic colors.